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...in MO March 1st through the last of May. If you throw them back, you wouldn't be ticked but it's best to leave smallies alone until after the spawn is over and the season resumes. Good trout fishing this time of the year, and walleye in the deep holes.
Sorry, know little about kayaks or where best to find one since I paddle a canoe. If you like, I could even loan you a canoe? Heck, you might become a "Convert!"
I can point you to good fishing spots in a private e-mail, but I prefer being a bit discreet over the internet. Especially since the fishery on the rivers has declined over the decades.
Good BBQ at the Stray Dog on the west side of the river. You're less than an hour from excellent fishing on the Eleven Point also. Send an e-mail when you get settled.